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Sunday, June 7, 2020

8 p.m. update on Sebastian Rodriguez Castro Search

An estimated 500-600 volunteers and first responders have spent countless hours searching for Sebastian Rodriguez Castro since he disappeared Friday night near the Eagle Villas Apartments in Eagle, Colorado. Search efforts have included ground searches, helicopters, multiple UAV (drone) teams, trained search and rescue dog teams, water rescue teams, FBI operations, and a 24-hour tip line for leads on Sebastian’s location. Search efforts have thus far been unsuccessful.

Late yesterday, an article of clothing that was positively identified as Sebastian’s was located in the Eagle River. As a result, the search area was expanded to include additional downstream areas. The phone he was carrying when he went missing was found today in the river below the apartment complex. Despite exhaustive efforts by both first responders and volunteers, we have been unable to find any other additional clues.

Land-based searches have been extensive, both in town and all surrounding areas. As a result, beginning tomorrow, we will be consolidating search efforts to focus on the river. Vail Mountain Rescue will continue to conduct water searches, and air operations will continue, but land-based searches will be suspended unless additional information becomes available.

We are tremendously grateful for everyone that donated their time and resources to this highly emotional search. We kindly ask that you respect the privacy of Sebastian’s family during this incredibly difficult time, and assure authorities will continue to follow up and work closely with the family on any and all leads.

The Town of Eagle and the Eagle Police Department would like to thank the following local, state, and federal agencies for their assistance: Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Avon Police Department, Vail Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Vail Mountain Rescue, Summit County Rescue Group, Garfield County Search and Rescue, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, FBI, the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Routt County, the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the National Institute of Missing and Exploited Children, HAATS, ECO Transit, Vail Transit, Vail Valley Salvation Army, the Northwest Colorado Incident Management Team, and Vail Public Safety Communications Center. We also extend our gratitude for the volunteer efforts and the outpouring of support that our communities have provided to search teams and to the family.